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Activity Manager
Job Posting Category: Experienced Professionals (1+ years)
Career Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Industry: Packaged Goods
Job Category: Marketing,Project Management
Years Experience: 2-4 Years
Job Type: Full-time
Posting Date: August 09, 2019
Job Location:

Bolton, ON
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Job Description

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Job Summary

The Activity Manager is accountable for the successful delivery of Activities.

Activities include packaging innovation, new packs & sizes, consumer franchise building (CFB), limited editions, price value (PVR), sales samples, on-pack promotions and merchandising vehicles (pre-pack tools). The Activity Manager must define, manage and implement the activity, resolve cross functional issues, early identification of issues based on leading indicators, ensure decisions are made and actions are taken, identify and communicate risks and adhere to the business and gate process (AB through to ER). Activity Manager is responsible for facilitating issue identification, alternatives and recommendations. The Activity Manager will also provide consultation on rationalization and support/maintenance activities. The Activity Manager owns the process protocol on Activity Management

Key Accountabilities

Project Management from AB to Post-Activity Evaluation

1. Set up, Define and Plan Activities

Collaborate with Brand and Customer Marketing to define necessary documents for AB approval. Coordinate the development of project timelines, identify and agree key decision points and issues.

2. Complete ER through Feasibility Input

Define the success criteria relevant to activities for ER approval. Set up Activity Teams (AT) with all key functions, and agree activity objectives and deliverables to finalize ER’s for submission. Coordinate the development of project timelines, identify and agree key decision points and issues. Understand the business process and use it to plan and deliver the project to the highest levels.

3. Complete ER through Execution

Facilitate the AT process to prepare and complete ER documents. Set up and chair meetings, resolve cross-functional issues and agree actions arising, follow up on actions, define and report on milestones. Keep team members fully updated on progress of the activity and ensure inputs from all functions are on time and as required. Identify critical decisions and ensure full sign-on to agreed solutions. Ensure that the project plan is developed and all members of the AT sign on to it. Submit the ER that is developed by the AT, present to the AMT to gain agreement, and deal with issues arising. Project manage to the final launch and review of the activity.

4. Complete Evaluation

Complete a brief, post-activity evaluation on key activities, identifying delivery vs. targets and key learning’s.

Decision Making Authority

  • Whether project recommendations (ADP’s, AXP’s, GTM) contain all required information to be circulated for approval.
  • Whether project timelines are deliverable and realistic.
  • What issues need to be surfaced to the AMT Leadership Team for resolution.


  • The Activity Manager will make recommendations on system and process improvements.


  • Own the Activity Management process & audit
  • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Responsible for following all Quality and Food Safety Policies and applicable procedures

Key Lateral Responsibilities

  • Participate in Business Unit projects
  • Project Leadership within Cross-functional team

Key Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Undergraduate Degree in Technical Field/Project Management
  • Undergraduate Degree in Business related field
  • Minimum 2+ years at Mars, in any function that interfaces with Activity Management
  • Or minimum 2+ years externally in Project Management

A criminal records check will be required for this position.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Mars Canada is committed to equity in employment and diversity. Mars Canada will provide an inclusive and barrier free recruitment process to applicants with accessibility needs in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform Mars Canada of your requirements. For more information please review Mars Canada'sAccessibility Policy and address any questions about that policy to


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